Dental implants are permanent and are installed directly into the jawbone. This means they rely on the jawbone itself to hold the new tooth root in place, unlike other tooth replacements that put additional stress on the surrounding teeth.
Conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a solution that looks and feels more natural.
Dental implants are metal cylinders that are surgically placed below the gum. These metal implants made from titanium fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Because implants fuse to your bone, they provide very stable support to dentures, bridges or individual teeth.
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.
To maintain the implants, patients must be in overall good health and committed to keeping their new smile healthy with meticulous oral hygiene.
A Long Lasting Solution
Dental implants are a long-lasting solution that acts as a durable support for a replacement tooth or dental bridge. If cared for properly, your dental implant could last for the rest of your life, preventing dental health problems such as:
- Shifting tooth alignment
- Tooth Decay
- Gum Disease
- Gum Shrinkage
- Bone Loss in the Jaw
- Slipping Bridges or Fussy Dentures
Implants are one of the most durable and reliable repairs for missing teeth offered by modern dentistry.
What’s the advantage of dental implants over other types of teeth replacement?
Unlike bridges and other tooth replacements, dental implants are permanent and are installed directly into the jawbone. This means they rely on the jawbone itself to hold the new tooth root in place, unlike other tooth replacements that put additional stress on the surrounding teeth. Implants protect the gums and jaw bone from shrinkage, and they’re just as easy to care for as your normal teeth. Dental implants are a long-lasting, low-maintenance solution that can save you money in the long run by preventing the need for future dental work.
The gap from my missing tooth is hardly noticeable. Do I really need to replace it?
It’s important to replace missing teeth, whether or not they’re noticeable. If a gap is left unfilled, the surrounding teeth will move into space, creating problems with tooth alignment that can lead to decay, gum disease, difficulty chewing, and even jaw problems. Filling a gap now will save you money, discomfort, and frustration in the future.
How long will dental implants last?
Dental implants are nearly permanent and require no special care once they have been installed. The artificial tooth attached to the implant may become damaged if it sustains trauma, but the implant itself solidly fuses to the jawbone and it is very rare to need to have one replaced.